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41. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Hey Evelyn-well ive been to the travel agents got some flight details printed off and i should be recieving a pack the end of this week from a tourist board i think-dont know if it will be of any use but i can only see!

I'm feeling good about it at the mo! its quite funny-if i'm having a bad day at work i just think of Australia, hehe! i probably wind them all up talking about it all the time, lol!

I may come over to Ireland on my own just for a weekend or something or even just a day trip to see how it goes!-thats just a thought.

You? any developments??? cheesygrin:

42. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I was going to ask you all, went to the travel agents and have found that i will have to stay in either Japan or Malaysia one night, on the way there or on the way back as it works out more expensive to go direct, if i have to Malaysia will be the one i think...things just get scarier and scarier, lol!

Anyone got anything to say about this or what Malasia's like-i'll only be in a hotel for one nioght, not planing to stay there a day or anything?

Apparantly i would be better off in Brisbane as i will meet more people than in a city-Sydney. I was told that rather than travelling by bus, train etc. it would be a good idea to fly internally and that these are roughly £40 a time...i mean is this just your normal travely agent stuff!?-what are they getting out of this!-thats the sort of thoughts that are always on my mind!-better to be that way i think!

I'd be bankrupt after 3 weeks, lol!-only joking but if i'm going to spend all this time and money i want to get it right and not just be spending for the sake of spending, want my money to stretch as far as it will go-hope to use it 'properly' travelling someday!

Now ive really rambled-sorry! ;)

43. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

I went to Malaysia last year but I was only there for one day (to see the Grand Prix). Anyway, from the brief taste I got of the country it seemed okay in an alright sort of a way.

I went to Japan as well for a couple of months the year before that and I totally loved it. I wouldn't recommend Japan for your first backpacking trip though, so Malaysia is probably the better option. Malaysia is loads cheaper than Japan as well, but as you're only there for one day it won't really make that much difference.

I'm not sure what the travel agent is on about saying you'll meet more people in Brisbane than in a city. Firstly, Brisbane is a big city itself (about a million people if I remember correctly), but in any case that's irrelevant. If you're staying in hostels you meet people no matter what the size of the city/town/village. Personally I much preferred Sydney to Brisbane, but I liked Melbourne even more again. Brisbane is okay as well though, in an average sort of a way. Everyobdy's opinion is different, though.

Internal flights are a good idea if you're there for three weeks, but I wouldn't restrict yourself exclusively to travelling by plane. For example if you're going from Melbourne to Adelaide I would do a trip and that way you get to see the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians as well. Australia's cities are really nice, but there are a lot of less famous little towns and natural sights along the way which are well worth seeing.

As for prices of internal flights, the first time I went to Australia I booked a flight from Alice Springs to Cairns and paid about A$250 for it (100 pounds-ish), but I booked that last minute while I was out there. I'm going to Australia again in a couple of days and I bought internal flight tickets a few months ago from Melbourne to Hobart and back for about 25 pounds each way (i.e. fifty pounds in total). So if you do want to incorporate an internal flight I would do it well in advance through either Virgin Blue or JetStar (Australia's equivalent of EasyJet).

44. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

Also, I would have your day in Malaysia/Japan on the way back, rather than the way there. It's always a gutter for me on the last day of a trip, so it always makes it a bit easier if I have a couple of days somewhere else before I finally get back to England.

So a day in Malaysia/Japan on your way back will act as a little bit of a consolation when your holiday in Australia is over.

45. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

Hi Jas!

I agree with Emmett to have your stop over on the way back. Do you definitely have to stay a specified time? If not then I suggest to have the stop on your way there and just transfer through the airport, ie just route your flight through either Malaysia or Japan without leaving the airport.

I did this going to Thailand, I routed through Dubai, I had the option of a stopover for a night, but I chose to fly straight out again, well I had a 2 hour wait for the next flight, but it gave a chance to stretch legs on a long flight and to browse duty free...shopping opps are ALWAYS good! Doing it this way would save you time and money if you aren't too fussed about seeing Malaysia or Japan. Ask the travel agent about it!

Donna

46. Posted by RichG (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Hey Jas! Been a while since I checked the thread and was hoping to see "Hi all - have booked my ticket and am leaving on....date!". Having said that, seeing a travel agent is a step in the right direction!!

Not sure which agent you spoke to - we found that Trailfinders went out of their way to get us as close to what we wanted at the price we wanted to pay. Not sure if it was the best deal but certainly much cheaper and more flexible than the likes of Expedia and any of the high street ones.

In Sapa, Vietnam at the moment (stunning!) but we'll be hitting the shores of Aus at the end of the month. Unlikely I know but if you were to make it there at some point during March then we'll sort you a couple of bevvies just for getting there!!!

47. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Hey Rich, haha! -yeh ive got a couple more companies to look into, was looking in the paper yesterday and there are loads of websites that i'm going to look into.

I'm going to try other travel agents as the first one that i went to can't seem to give me that much-or perhaps i'm expecting too much-i don't know-its all unknown territory!

Ive got drinks lined up all over Australia-how kool is that.

I am very nearing booking something-well i know i'm serious about it! Theres just a few things i need to tackle before booking my ticket but i'm sure i will make it out there sometime in my life, ha! ha!

It is great on here, as i'm sure if i didn't have this much help i probably wouldn't even have gone to the travel agents! I'm sure you will all be TOTALY sick of me by the time ive actually booked my ticket!-i'll be posting every little bit of detail that i have been given and asking you all for advice!!

I'm just waiting for a pack at the mo from the travel agents-should have it by mid week!-whether its of any use-its all info i suppose!

Just while ive got the time-just want to say THANK YOU EVERYONE

I can't wait for the post that i put out saying that i hvae booked that ticket!!

48. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

opps-got sooooo side tracked that i forgot to say Rich-glad you are really enjoying yourself! i bet its great! When i hear people talking about their travels-i am envious-in a nice way-i would like to add, lol!

I don't think i will make it out to Oz that soon-what with work and blah, blah, blah-you know the sort of stuff! Thanks again, i'm sure i will catch up with you somewhere sometime when i come back from oz and will want to travel everywhere!!!-that's my aim, but one step at a time though !!

49. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Right-seeing as i have time on my hands this week-i am doing some very serious searching ( and am getting into it) i have found a flight for £602 on skydeals-has anyone booked through these? It is with Royal Brunei.- I get a feeling that Quantas, Singapore and Maylasian Airlines are good.

I am probably jumping the gun here-there's prob more to it and i have so many more sites to look into.

The next question is does everyone who goes long distance to Oz-stopover-as this is seeming an easy option-not so if your a tad nervous and it's your first time!

50. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

The next question is does everyone who goes long distance to Oz-stopover-as this is seeming an easy option

Most do, yes. A couple of reasons - one, it's a bl00dy long flight to do without having a break of more than a couple of hours in an airport somewhere, secondly that especially if it's a short trip for a couple of weeks, it's a loooong way to go without seeing anywahere else, when for a day or two extra (or less in Aus) and not much more - or in many cases, actually cheaper - you get to sample somewhere else, or 2 other places (one each way) as well, and thirdly, it gives you some ideas for future. If for example, you ignored Bangkok now but decided to go there later on, it's a long way/plus very expensive to go and then discover you don't like it!

Honestly, i think you'd be mad to miss the opportunity of 1 or preferably 2 stopovers, especially as it's your first trip - you'll get to see something a bit more different than Australia and what your used to.

I know it's daunting, but ask yourself if your likely to be kicking yourself for going on a 3 week trip to Oz, and coming back having enjoyed it so much and wanting to see/do som much more, yet realising that you've missed a golden opportunity to spend a day or 2 in Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi or Hong Kong?

I know it's daunting on the first trip, but realistically, wihin a day or so you'll be right at home and wondering what you were worried about!

Btw,

not so if your a tad nervous and it's your first time!

If you really are worried, try and pick somewhere where there are TPers/friends/people you can get to know beforehand or are heading the same way, so instead of being dunked into the middle of nowhere all alone, you have somebody to meet up with and can show you around etc - That should help to ease you into the whole experience, foreign life, travelling et al.